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This Man Can Make Any Song Sound Amazing On The Mandolin

Chris Thile is a genius. Like, a MacArthur-certified genius. Why? Because with a mandolin in his hands, he makes amazing happen.

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He started out in a little band called Nickel Creek.

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They released their first album when Chris was 12. They were Grammy nominated by the time he hit 20, and Grammy winners when he turned 22.

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And he kept making awesome music. The fact is, he makes everything sound good on mandolin. For starters, here's a bluegrass classic.

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Awesome. Predictably awesome.

But Thile's not just a bluegrass guy. You want him to do something bigger? Oh, how about... The Strokes? Yeah, he's got that.

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Radiohead? Hell yes.

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The White Stripes? Stripped down and solo? Most definitely.

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How about some Bach? Yes, yes he can.

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A jazz collaboration with fellow Genius Grant winner Edgar Meyer? ALL KINDS OF YES.

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A Bulgarian folk tune played in a super obscure timing structure? Sure, why not?

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An 18th century Scottish lyrical poem? Against all odds, he'll crush that, too.

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Something more modern? Maybe some Britney Spears? Give it to us, Chris.

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A Josh Ritter cover? With an insane solo? Absolutely.

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The Cars? Yup, he's even got that, too.